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19. Akiem Hicks

Aug 3, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (76) during a scrimmage at the team training facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Brodrick Bunkely and Tyrunn Walker went down with injuries, so the Saints needed other players to step up in the defensive line against Atlanta.

Akiem Hicks answered the call with three total tackle and a sack as one of the best defensive linemen on the field for New Orleans. Again—scheme change is no problem here. Hicks has a bright future.